96 Tears
Question Mark & The Mysterians
QuestionMarkMysterians1966 96Tears45
Too many teardrops
For one heart to be cryin'
Too many teardrops
For one heart to carry on
 - garage rock classic -
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966 for one week
  • peaked at No. 37 on the UK Singles chart in 1966
  • from the group's debut album, 96 Tears (1966)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #213 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
         Rudy Martinez- lead vocals
         Bobby Balderrama- lead guitar
         Frank Rodriquez- keyboards
         Frank Lugo- bass
         Robert Martinez- drums 
  • written by lead singer Rudy Martinez; the song had evolved from a poem Martinez had written titled "Too Many Teardrops" -  the group (known then as XYZ) set it to music
  • the song was recorded in the living room of the group's manager, Lilly Gonzalez
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